A great performance from David Reynolds in Race 10 of the WD-40 Phillip Island 500 has seen the Erebus Penrite driver finish second after Sunday’s 250km race as he now sits second in the championship standings.
Reynolds put his all-new Holden Commodore on the front row of the grid after qualifying 2nd and was able to keep the Commodore at the pointy end of the field for the entirety of the race.
“We jumped McLaughlin in the pits, but had a lot of understeer in those first few laps and he snuck past me. I was hanging with him and holding our ground, we played a bit of cat and mouse until the end of the race but I couldn’t get the lead back.
“Honestly, I owe today to Anton and Mirko. We had an OK car this weekend, but we weren’t wonderful. Anton probably should have beat me yesterday, so today we stole his set up and put it on the front row. Without his contribution to our team there’s no way I would have been here.”
Reynolds teammate, Anton de Pasquale equaled his personal best from the day before, starting off the race on the 4th row.
“We qualified eighth which is my best result; I felt disappointed as I don’t think I maximised what the car had but I have to be happy with a personal best. The race was going to plan after a good start, I managed to gain a spot early on and was running comfortable in seventh before the Safety Car was called. Unfortunately, that caused a double-stack for us and I came out twelve spots down.
“It was hard to fight back from there so it didn’t make the best afternoon but I think if it played our way we would have finished inside the top eight. Overall, I’m happy to be within the top ten most the weekend on genuine pace so there are a lot of positives to take away.”
Red Bull Holden Racing teammates Jamie Whincup, Shane van Gisbergen and Autobarn’s Craig Lowndes were a bit off the pace in the morning’s qualifying on a different track to the day before but were able to work with their engineers and team throughout the race, to finish 6th (SVG), 7th (CL) and 9th (JW), respectively.
Lowndes and his Autobarn Lowndes Racing outfit looked to finish the highest out of the three, ahead of team RedBull Holden before a late charge from van Gisbergen on comparatively fresher rubber, saw the two trade places with two laps to go.
“Qualifying didn’t quite go to plan, we were hoping to be further up the grid; the conditions changed and I think all three of our cars suffered a little bit of pace. Knowing what race car we had yesterday we were hoping to come back through during this afternoons race, which we did.” said Lowndes
“The team had a great strategy and there were some fantastic calls. The safety car came at the right time for us but stopping early made the last stint quite long. Our tyre life was great but we just didn’t have enough at the end to hold Shane (van Gisbergen) off. I’m delighted that we’ve moved up a couple of spots in the Championship so we will keep racking up those points.”
Five all-new Commodore Supercars would eventually round out the top-ten at Race 10 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.